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Circa 1870 – 1880
Size: 47cm high, 54.5cm wide, 13cm deep – 18½ ins high, 21½ ins wide, 5 ins deep
cf: Lord McAlpine's collection at West Green House sold Sothebys 1990, Lot 809 & 810
The North Pennines was the centre of a vast lead mining community in the late 19th century, and the making of spar boxes and towers became an organised and competitive pastime. Competitions were held in the town halls of the area and prizes were awarded for the spar boxes and towers judged to be the best and most elaborate. A selection can still be seen in the Killhope Lead Mining Museum in Upper Weardale.